- Angela Colsin
- Release Date
- January 2014
- Book 2 of The Crucible Series
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Hired to find a curse box, the draconian mercenary, Ulric Dra'Kai, is directed to seek out the human Charlotte Mulligan who'll lead him to his ultimate goal. Expecting to get information from her with ease, Ulric instead meets a determined mortal who refuses to be intimidated—and draws him in like no other.
As that attraction grows, he comes to believe Charlotte may be his destined mate, but there's a problem—he's immortal, making that impossible. Answers could possibly lie in the dormant supernatural side of Charlotte's lineage, but getting them proves difficult when vampires are out for her blood.
Charlotte thought she was an ordinary human living an average life until receiving an odd package in the mail containing a unique trinket box. Soon after, she's attacked by vampires and swept up in a hunt by a dangerous but attractive stranger who not only reveals the truth of the supernatural world, but also informs her that she's a part of it.
Trying to survive while her life is coming apart, a passion for the draconian protecting her sparks to life, one she has to guard her heart against when being mortal makes a union between them difficult, if not impossible.
Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Oct 18, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
He is a mercenary on a mission to find a treasure. When he gets a tip, he thinks it is almost over. The adventure is actually just beginning. He has found a woman who he knows belongs to him but she is not an immortal like him. Or is she?
Ulric is a draconian mercenary. The draconians are not the typical dragon shifters you see in paranormal novels. They are immortals that have certain abilities given by their dragon ancestors and humans do not see them for how they actually appear. The draconians are very focused on hoarding treasures and rarely do anything without an incentive. Ulric will be paid very well if he can locate the curse box his client is searching for. He is directed to a location and there he finds a human who he thinks will be easy to control but things get very challenging when he realizes that Charlotte may well be his mate.
Charlotte has lived a normal human life until this surprise package comes in the mail. Shortly after its arrival, she is attacked in her home by Ulric. She is determined to keep her friends safe so she keeps her silence about its new location. It is not easy as she begins to bond with Ulric and wishes she could be the mate he needs. As others go after her too, it doesn't take long for her to realize there are secrets about herself she is just discovering. She has some big decisions to make and regardless of her choices, her life is changed forever.
This is the second book in The Crucible series by the author. Some of the characters were introduced in the first book but you don't have to have read it to thoroughly enjoy the story as it is easily read as a standalone. The author does an excellent job of putting her own spin on the idea of a dragon-based race. In addition to the draconians, you get an interesting mix of magic users including demons, shifters, vampires and fairies. It is a real paranormal adventure.
I prefer strong female characters. Charlotte may be fearful of all the changes in her life but she still stands strong. She protects those she cares for and doesn't give up. She takes chances. Charlotte has to discover who she truly is before she can be with the man she realizes she loves. Relationships have not gone well for her in the past but it doesn't keep her from wanting love in her life. I really enjoyed seeing Charlotte come into her own as she learns about herself.
The relationship between Ulric and Charlotte is given time to grow. While the attraction is immediate, the love and trust build as they work together to protect her and discover the truth. Ulric has not been interested in women in a long time and Charlotte has never experienced sexual attraction until she meets Ulric. The strong feelings and love that grows make it all that much sweeter when they do get a chance to be together for the first time.
I highly recommend The Crucible series to those who love their paranormal romances with a good balance of action and adventure too. It is a great story with characters that are very well developed and really draw you into the story. Each book in the series introduces you to characters that are featured in later books so it is great if you can read them in order. The author has truly built a great series that offers a fun adventure for those who love the paranormal.
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Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Oct 23, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
120 people found the following review helpful
Such a nice surprise! A sequel that certainly rivaled the first of the series.
This is the second book of The Crucible series and it is incredibly different from the first. The scenery has changed as we are no longer in a southern small town, surrounded by wolves. And the main characters in this book were barely secondary characters in Blue Moon (book one). However, even though we left our furry friends behind this time, I barely missed them!
Ulric is a draconian, descended from dragons. In case you haven't deciphered, that means he is not one to mess with. Several centuries old, Ulric has had plenty of time to make friends and enemies. But he usually spends his days working under commission. And his current task is to find an ancient curse box. The problem? A mortal woman has the box and is determined not to give it up.
The package Charlotte received must have been a mistake. She doesn't know the sender and can't even get the mysterious box to open for her. But, somehow, she does sense that this box is important and possibly very valuable. Because of that, she sends it away for further research.
After tracking Charlotte down and discovering that she no longer has the curse box in her possession, Ulric isn't a happy draconian. And unfortunately, he isn't the only one interested in Charlotte at the moment. A gang of vampires has set the woman in their sights, forcing Ulric to do double duty to protect Charlotte and retrieve the box.
Soon, Ulric and Charlotte are on a high speed race to Florida, trying their best not to be killed or maimed. The journey is full of obstacles and the couple is forced to rely on each other in order to survive and complete the mission. Along the way, Ulric realizes that it wasn't by chance that Charlotte received the box and he was led to her. Their fates may entwine on a much deeper level.
This book was almost two stories in one. A quest to find the curse box and avoid doom on one hand and a journey to finding happiness and fulfillment on the other. It was interesting to learn about the draconians, fae, witches, vampires, and demons.
I thought the pacing and book elements were well-balanced. Action and romance were sprinkled throughout the story with a dash of mystery and subtle world building. New plot threads set up future books and I am anxious to see how they play out. Another solid book in the series.
The paranormal world in this series is vast and intricate. I look forward to reading more about them. Four stars!
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